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What Do Democrats Fear Bannon Revealing?

Written by Joe Scudder

Do Democrats fear Bannon or fear what Bannon knows about them?

I know Democrats fear Bannon, but I thought that fear would lessen somewhat when he left the White House. But now it seems Democrats fear Bannon even more. They are warning him that he’s not permitted to leak “our nation’s secrets” through Breitbart or any other outlet.

Surely Steve Bannon knows the laws of the land. Surely, he’s reminded by his own and government lawyers when he leaves a government position. I don’t remember anyone else being openly threatened when he or she left a Cabinet position.

What does Steve Bannon know that makes Democrats so afraid?

McClatchy reports, “Democrats warn Bannon against publishing classified information.

Democrats have a warning for Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon: Don’t use your position at Breitbart to share classified and sensitive information you collected while at the White House.

“Steve Bannon has an ongoing obligation to safeguard our nation’s secrets, and he does not gain some kind of extra Constitutional protection just because he is now returning to a position in the media,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Cummings said lawmakers closely watch people in such positions after they leave high level security positions. He said Bannon should not guide Breitbart to publish information based on classified material he learned while working for the president.

“If he or anyone else in a similar position fails to meet this obligation and provides classified information to someone who is not entitled to have it, he could and should be brought to justice,” he said.

Rachel Cohen, press secretary for Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Bannon faces strict limitations.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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